AD Futures #4: SPARC

HiDrone - 1st Prize Awarded London Architecture Gallery International Competition 2008

SPARC is a team of international architects at the based in Boston, MA, with a multidisciplinary background at the ´s Media Lab. This has resulted on a continuous research on smart/responsive environments applied to the world of architecture, design, urbanism and landscape architecture.

This new relation between technologies and built spaces has opened a wide array of possibilities, that we are just starting to see. And that´s why I choose this practice for this week´s AD Futures.

Belgium opens science station in Antarctica

opened a new €20 million “zero emissions” polar science station in Antarctica on Sunday, returning to the continent to study climate change 42 years after closing its first base there.

The Princess Elisabeth research hub is totally energy-self-sufficient and also aims not to emit any carbon dioxide, according to the International Polar Foundation, which runs the base.

Read the full article, here.

Lillefjord Rest area & footbridge / Pushak

Architects: Pushak
Location: Lillefjord, Finnmark,
Project Year: 2006
Client: Norwegian Road Administration, The National Tourist Road Project

Ningbo Historic Museum / Wang Shu, Amateur Architecture Studio

© Iwan Baan

In Iwan Baan‘s website, we found one of the latest works he photographed, the Ningbo Historic Museum designed by , Amateur Architecture Studio.

An amazing work, more pictures after the break:

International Competition: Public Design Festival

On the occasion of the first edition of its Public Design Festival, esterni announces an international call for entries to search for ideas and projects for public spaces; among all submissions, 10 projects will be selected, carried out and presented during the festival, that will take place in on April 18-26 2009. This unique opportunity to design a planned intervention on an urban parking area is open to different types of approaches, from community service to urban furniture.

Seen on Bustler. For more information about submission, go to the official website, here.

Villanueva’s Public Library / Meza + Piñol + Ramírez + Torres

Architects: Carlos Meza, Alejandro Piñol, Germán Ramírez, Miguel Torres
Location: Villanueva,
Collaborators: Andrés Rodríguez Cabra y Diana Pizano
Client: National Ministry of Culture, Casanare Government
Graphic design, logo & artwork: Santiago Piñol
Builder: UT Quimper: Ing. Camilo Blanco y Arq. Óscar Pontón
Project year: 2006
Site Area: 2,500 sqm
Constructed Area: 1,551 sqm
Photographs: Nicolás Cabrera, Alejandro Piñol

Refurbishing the 60′s masterpieces: La Rinascente and Corviale, Rome

The city within a building – Mario Fiorentino

In the last 50 years, we have built a massive amount of buildings, experimenting techniques and philosophies as never before. Reinforced , cheap and cars allowed us a freedom to build that we never experienced before.

See ArchDaily's exclusive coverage of the Pritzker Prize

And the 2009 Pritzker goes to…

A few months ago we told you about some changes on the jury of the Pritzker Prize, and some readers started pointing out names for the possible 2009 laureate.

The prize is only a few weeks away (it usually gets announced on March 31st) and we decided to setup a poll with the given names and the possibility that you add your own candidate.

Lets see if the ArchDaily community can guess the next Pritzker. Poll available on the sidebar or after the break:

Competition finalists: Imperial War Museum North Exterior Design

The Imperial War Museum North in , England, was designed by Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2001. The museum was mainly sorrounded by a plain exterior, occupied by a parking lot. The canal-side building is planning a new design landscape and collected proposals from several firms in a competition. The entries have come to five finalists, from which the final design should be chosen this March.

The finalists are:

White arkitekter ab (Sweden)
Patel Taylor (UK)
Topotek 1 (Germany)
Field Operationes (US)

Seen on designboom. The proposals, after the break.

Residence at Punkunnam / LIJO RENY architects

Location: Thrissur, Kerala,
Interior & Landscape Design: LIJO RENY architects
Project year: 2007
Constructed Area: 255,5 sqm
Client: Dr. Cijo Jos and Dr. Thushara Cijo
Photographs: LIJO RENY architects

3XN wins architecture competition for the Randers Museum of Art

3XN just shared with us their winning entry for the Randers Museum of Art, a “sculpture sitting in a sculpture ” according to the architects, a sinuous building both open to both the town and the landscape. The red-tile façade of the exterior becomes the roof, and similarly on the inside, the floor becomes a wall, and then the wall a ceiling.

From the architects:

AD Round Up: Institutional Architecture Part I

Following with our “Round Up”, the category this Friday is Institutional Architecture. Enjoy this selection of our previously published works.

Frexport Headquarters
Designed by CC Arquitectos. Leaving back the marketing of the building, translated to the contact with nature (the company’s main products), the corporate offices were considered to be open, built taking down the dividing walls to become part of the contiguous gardens. Three stories were formed by lightweight concrete parallelepipeds that more than to contain, were conceived to absorb. And with different programs within them, were brought together by the landscaping project that surrounds them (read more…)

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters
The new D&G headquarters in Milan, by Studio Piuarch, contains the showrooms for the collections, offices, a restaurant and a series of image spaces, ina total area of 5.000 square meters. Two buildings dating back to the 1920s and the 1960s, facing three streets, are combined in a complex with five floors above ground and two basement levels. The project is based on an architectural principle of great rigor, with the use of natural materials like white Namibia stone, glass and unfinished sheet (read more…)

Ecopellets Offices
The building, by Iván Bravo, is located in the peripheral zone of Lo Boza, Chile. Once destined to be a waste dump, it is now an industrial zone of the city lacking in urban references. Two different programmatic situations had to be resolved; Administrative offices and personnel services. Cost restraints called for both programs to be housed in a single facility but under strict control measures. The strategy used was to separate both areas with a corridor spanning the whole length of the building (read more…)

DVF Studio Headquarters
Designed by WORK AC, the headquarters building for Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) Studio, a fashion design company, is a new, six-story structure built behind two landmarked facades in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The building houses the company’s flagship store, a 5,000 SF flexible showroom/event space, design and administrative offices for a 120-person staff, an executive suite, and a private penthouse apartment. In order to maximize natural light, a series of heliostat mirrors were installed within the diamond. (read more…)

Hunter Douglas Plant
The project for Hunter Douglas Chile is a combination of new work, recycling existing spaces along with creating a reorganization and future development plan of an industrial plant that fabricates metal facades, persian blinds and curtains. The plant has had an inorganic growth, due to an original unrealized plan to relocate, opting instead to buy a series of storehouses from a neighboring company. The project was to establish a general master plan for the complex that considers future development (read more…)

6 residential houses in Pahkli street / JVR Arhitektuuribüroo

Architects: JVR Arhitektuuribüroo
Location: Tallinn,
Architect in charge: Kalle Vellevoog, Velle Kadalipp
Design Year: 2004
Construction Year: 2005
Constructed area: 903 sqm
Number of flats: 12
Photographs: Arhitektuuribüroo

Spaladium Center / 3LHD architects

Location: Lora, Split,
Architects: 3LHD Architects
Team: Sasa Begovic, Marko Dabrovic, Silvije Novak, Tatjana Grozdanic Beg Matija Crnoovic, Irena Mazer, Drajen Pejkovic – IGH, Matija Crnogorac, Ivana Krneta, Zarko Perisin, Maja Ivanovski, Martina Ruzic, Gorana Barbabic, Darina Matosic Maticevic, Janja Novakovic, Filip Dubrovski
Program: public, business, leisure, sport, transportation, retail
Footprint: 25.567m2
Area: 136.000m2
Volume: 748.450m3
Client: Sportski grap TPN d.o.o.
Competition: 2007
Construction: 2008

Oil Rig Eco Resort by Morris Architects

Our green friends from Inhabitat just shared this with us: Morris Architects, a Houston-based architecture and design firm, recently took top honors for two of their submissions in the Radical Innovation in Hospitality design competition. The grand prize winner, the Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa makes use of one of 4,000 oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico and transforms it into a luxurious eco-resort and spa.

More details on the project, here.

More images after the break.

U house / NDA

Architects: Natalie Dionne Architecture
Location: Montreal,
DesignYear: 2003
Construction Year: 2007
Photographs: Marc Cramer

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Apartment Refurbishment in A. Vespucio / Enrique Browne

Architects: Enrique Browne y Asociados Arquitectos
Location: Santiago,
Collaborators: Hernán Fontaine, Agustín Infante & Nicolás Saieh
Project year: 2007-2008
Constructed Area: 294 sqm
Contractor: Empresa Constructora Mena e Infante
Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla

Green Campus Symposium and Workshop at the Texas Tech’s College of Architecture

Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture in conjunction with the American Institute of Architecture Students will host a symposium and workshop April 15-16 that will focus on making its campus more environmentally friendly.

The goal of the symposium is to develop a green action plan that is backed by Tech administration and facilities planners and can be implemented to help reduce usage and paper waste on campus.

More details about the symposium on the official website.